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Earlier this week, the internet was set abuzz when Kim Dotcom tweeted that all Megaupload files had been deleted by hosting company Leaseweb. Dotcom called the act "a massive data massacre" and took to Twitter to let the world know that petabytes of their data was gone forever.
Like all arguments, there are two sides to every story and Leaseweb has responded with theirs. Leaseweb says that when the raid took place on Dotcom's home in New Zealand, 60 of the servers directly owned by Megaupload were confiscated by the FIOD and transported to the US. This left 630 dedicated servers rented by Megaupload. These were owned by Leaseweb. Leaseweb says that they took the servers offline, and stored them to preserve data without any request to do so.
TechSpot says that another one of Megaupload's host, Carpathia, is losing nearly $9000 per day due to inactive Megaupload servers. While this figure is most likely a loss of revenue and not indicative of any out of pocket losses, this still affects the bottom line. If Leaseweb is experiencing similar loses that means that they have lost an estimated $4.9 million dollars due to the idle Megaupload servers.
Mozilla launches StopWatching.Us - an online petition to force the Congress to reveal the NSA's spying programs
The recent uncovering of PRISM, the NSA's top secret program used to spy on US citizens via social media and the Internet has caused a major uproar in not only the online community, but the entire country. Now, Mozilla, the developers of the Firefox browser, have taken the fight to Congress in the form of an online petition.
Today Mozilla is launching StopWatching.Us - a campaign sponsored by a broad coalition of organizations from across the political and technical spectrum calling on citizens and organizations from around the world to demand a full accounting of the extent to which our online data, communications and interactions are being monitored.
Whether or not you agree with the NSA's actions, you need to head over to https://optin.stopwatching.us and sign the petition. While the spying may or may not be necessary for national security, we as a country deserve to know who is watching, how we are being watched, and why we are being watched.
This morning Kim Dotcom has taken the Twitter to report that the US government and Leaseweb have deleted the entire collection of Megaupload files that were hosted on Leaseweb servers. This equates to millions of personal files being deleted without warning and without cause.
Kim Dotcom says that petabytes of pictures, backups, personal and business files were all deleted back in February without prior warning to him or his lawyers. "This is the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet," Dotcom wrote on Twitter.
Dotcom's lawyers have repeatedly asked Leaseweb not to delete the Megaupload servers while court proceedings were pending in the US as that data was essentially evidence in the massive case against Dotcom. His counsel even went as far as asking the DOJ to release some of Megaupload's frozen assets so that they could buy all the servers containing the Megaupload data, unfortunately they refused and now all of Dotcom's evidence is gone.
John McAffee releases instructional video on how to uninstall McAffee antivirus software, probably NSFW
In today's installment of WTF, John McAffee has just released a video that instructs users on the proper way to uninstall McAffee antivirus software from their PCs. In true form McAffee appears just as we all picture him, a sort of Huge Hefner / Jeff Bridges mashup. The only thing missing from the video is a performing troupe of meerkats dancing in the background.
During the video, McAffee takes several jabs at the company he founded many years ago as he reads several fake emails which rant about how crappy the software has become. McAffee has a "lab tech" known as Bartholomew attempt to walk you through the uninstall process while the host spends some quality time with scantily clad women and controlled substances. The video below is highly NSFW due to language, drugs and scantily clad women.
As you saw, the only possible way to uninstall McAffee Antivirus is to pull out a gun and shoot the PC. Of course we here at TweakTown could never condone such
a horrid act of installing McAffee silliness. Do not shoot your PC, do not smoke bath salts, and do not take John McAffee's advice on anything. Take the video only for what it is worth in comical value, and install a reputable antivirus software such as BitDefender.
Head of the NSA defends spying, says they've foiled 50 terrorist plots - but at the price of US citizens' privacy?
During a testimony before a congressional intelligence committee on Tuesday, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and over government officials strongly defended the government's not-so-secret surveillance program, noting that the NSA has "been able to connect the dots and prevent another terrorist attack."
Director of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, told the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the NSA's gigantic telecommunications surveillance program has helped to stop a "little over 10" plots with a "domestic nexus" and a total of 50 such plots in more than 20 countries over the last couple of years thanks to PRISM. The head of the NSA reiterated that under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, the NSA has authority to access all telephony metadata.
This metadata is pretty much everything in regards to the call, the who, when and where of every call across the United States. John Chris Inglis, NSA's deputy director has said that there is a purge of data every five years - you know, because we can prove that and all.
Samsung will hold a launch event dubbed "Premiere" this Thursday to showcase new Galaxy and ATIV devices, and TweakTown will be there to cover it with hands on video as well as a complete Live Blog.
The event will take place at 7PM (1PM US EST) in London with the event lasting roughly two hours.
We are expecting to see Samsung debut a new Galaxy NX camera as well as a few new ATIV Windows based devices appear. We could also see the upcoming Galaxy S4 with LTE Advance, or even a new Galaxy Tab tablet.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sat down with The Guardian for an intimate Q&A session, allowing their readers to do a live online question and answer session over the weekend. We find out why he chose his Hong Kong hideout, stating that he chose China because their government could hold off the US diplomatic pressure.
Snowden denied giving China any information about hacking Chinese research facilities, and laughed off accusations as a smear by the US, with US officials claiming that leaks help terrorists every time something like this happens - because, you know, the US government never funded Al Qaeda (look it up). Snowden wrote:
The US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime. That's not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it.
This morning, Apple has released its first official statement on customer privacy in the wake of the PRISM scandal in Washington. Apple was one of the companies named as a willing participant in the NSA's spying program and was one of the first to deny its participation entirely. The statement released by Apple this morning clarifies how and when the Cupertino giant hands over customer information to the US Government.
To get started, Apple released some vague figures on the number of data requests received from US law officials during a 17-month period that ended on May 31, 2013. The company says that during that time frame it received between 4000 and 5000 request for customer data, most of which involved investigating robberies and "other crimes", aiding in the search for missing children or alzheimer's patients, or suicide prevention measures.
I don't mind Kanye West's work, but he has taken it a step too far this time stating in an interview with the New York Times that he is the successor to the late Steve Jobs, saying:
I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.
He was asked if his instinct ever led him astray, for you know, storming on the stage of the MTV Video awards to push Taylor Swift out of the way, where he adds:
It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is. I'm assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven't won one against a white person.
West's six solo album, Yeezus is released later today.
This is something conspiracy theorists (like myself) were laughed at about just last week, and for years now, but now we have an NSA whistleblower coming out and feeling compelled to talk about it. Edward Snowden thinks that the US public needs to know about the control all of the data that is being recorded about them on a day-to-day, heck a second-to-second scale.
All data is recorded, Facebook, Google, Apple, SMS, e-mail, everything digital, is being targeted and secured by the NSA. The NSA collect, store, analyze and keep that data to get data on every living person within the United States right now. They use the reason of 'they're targeting suspected terrorists' but it picks up data on everyone at the same time. We live in a post-9/11 world, and this is something the people of the world need to stand up and say "no" to, and this is what Snowden is here to do.
He is fully aware that coming out and stating these things puts a target on his back bigger than anything I personally think has happened before, and I really expect a big 'event' to go down to throw the media and the citizens off this trail. We're talking about some seriously bad things that the US has done, and this guy has proof of that fact. The question is, where do we go from here?